35 Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
In this text things are spinning wildly out of control and Jesus does not appear to be ahead of the curve. He is sleeping while the storm rages on! I hear God preparing me for this to-be-expected experience. Times are coming when my circumstances will feel like they are avalanching and God seems out-of-pocket.
So here is what I am going to do when I feel panic welling up within me in spiraling moments. I will stop and say these words: “Jesus, Storm-Tamer, rockin’ in the boat with me.” And I am going to repeat that rhythmic line again, under my breath, again and again, until my truth-telling mind gets a hold of my wind-wild feelings!
Jeff Reed, Pastor
Hillside Covenant Church – Walnut Creek